Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
I have participated in the Autism Speaks Lehigh Valley Walk since 2010, but 2019's walk seemed like my first ever.
It was my first walk since my 8-year-old son was officially diagnosed the prior summer. In the few months following his diagnosis, I learned that the hardest part of being a parent of an autistic child is everyone else. This is especially hard when your autistic child just seems to be extremely smart.
Ezra met every milestone and passed every screening at his pediatrician's office. He has always displayed emotions, made personal connections and maintained eye contact. However, although Ezra had a speech delay, he was able to identify every shape, color, letter and most numbers by the time he was 2. He was reciting the alphabet backwards and in sign language at two and half years old.
By three, Ezra was reading, spelling and only had to listen to a song once before he knew every lyric. At 4 years old, Ezra was able to identify any flag and nation in the world simple because he saw an Animaniacs video and enjoyed it so much we had to get him his own world map. Therefore, when we registered him for Kindergarten, I decided it was necessary to have him evaluated. I did not want him labeled but we needed to understand him.
There is a lot of misconception about Autism and people living with Autism. It is difficult for people to understand Autism because it is a spectrum, which cannot be defined by any one set of rules. I once did not understand much of it and still have family and friends that simply are in disbelief of our diagnosis.
For that reason, I walk to make an impact on the lives of those living with autism, to fuel research and legislation, for awareness and understanding, for LOVE.
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